SQUIDCAM II

Discussion in 'Physiology and Biology' started by Steve O'Shea, Aug 19, 2005.

  1. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Check it out:

    http://www.thesciencesite.info/squidcam.shtml

    The first thread, SQUIDCAM, has been closed so that we can move on to SQUIDCAM II. As a first post I've included a couple of images of one set of Sepioteuthis australis eggs that I collected several weeks ago, at a depth of 20 feet on Carpophyllum weed off a group of Islands in the Hauraki Gulf, here off Auckland, New Zealand.

    Eggs of this species have proven to be extremely difficult to find this winter; strange things happening in our waters. This particular set of eggs is due to hatch in ~ 2 weeks. Another bunch collected about three weeks earlier are currently hatching.

    These photos were taken by a dive buddy, Dr Iain Anderson, from another Auckland University, the 'University of Auckland' (just up the road from us). Iain has written a number of books over here, and is presently writing an article (for a popular magazine here) on our efforts to catch and ongrow these and other squid, and leaps at any opportunity to get out in the boat, have a dive and use his sensational camera equipment to get images. He's taken some dynamite shots of the hatching squid, but I'll not be able to post these for at least a week.
     

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  2. WhiteKiboko

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    Spiffy... hope things go at least as well (if not way better) than last time....
     
  3. erich orser

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    Can't wait for the hatching pics! (The sound of tentacle clubs applauding)
     
  4. Thales

    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Sclurp sclurp sclurp!
     
  5. chrono_war01

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    o...can't wait!
     
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    OOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!!!
     
  7. squidviscious

    squidviscious Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi there;
    We have 8 baby S .australis swimming happily this morn.
    It seems a few of em have lanced themselves on our only piece of equipment thats inside the tank, the mesh covered overflow.
    /Not sure where the squidcam will fit in an already crowded wetlab, but im sure everyone wants to see these cuties. :razz:
     
  8. squidviscious

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    Here's a pic of the eggs that Steve O collected for me 2 weeks ago, in our tank system.
    The nodes are now showing and developing nicely, should start to see eye spots in a fornight.
     

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  9. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Looking good!

    Hoping to watch how these wee ones develop.

    Are there many changes to the rearing system?
     
  10. CapnNemo

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    This is really exciting! :grin:

    When do you think the cam be up and running again?
     
  11. Octomush

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    AWESOME!!!
     
  12. squidviscious

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    It seems the IT guys have gone in and set-up squidcam already.
    The camera's operational but focussing in on these little fellas is a tad difficult.
    Once all the hatchings have finished (around August 26) i'll put the lid on and apply the cloth around the tank to eliminate reflections, and hopefully make things a little clearer.

    These hatchlings are from the small egg mass collected 5 weeks ago, so look at it as a teaser for the large mass developing in another tank.

    Here's the link.

    http://www.thesciencesite.info/squidcam.shtml

    Happy Viewing :razz:
     
  13. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Awesome!!! Glad to see The Squid cam is up and running! Did I see tiny babies? Was wrestling for controls to zoom in on what I thought were the hatchlings towards the bottom.
     
  14. squidviscious

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    I hope not, then that would be a sickly baby.

    They are (or should) be near the surface.
    The mysids ive added are probably what you were seeing.
    They do occasionally come down in the water column to feed i think, let me know if you see any footage of this.
    :grin:
     
  15. CapnNemo

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    Wow! I think I saw some. Do they look like tiny translucent biro lids with itty bitty arms?
     
  16. squidviscious

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    That sounds like them, there are 11 in the tank at the moment. Fortunately ive seen them feeding now (was a concern earlier)
     
  17. chrono_war01

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    watching them eat is always fun. :grin:
     
  18. CapnNemo

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    Hey, who turned the lights off?

    Here's my current view.
     

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  19. squidviscious

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    Thanks for that view.
    One of our lamp bulbs decided to go to bulb heaven last night unfortunately.
    Should be better viewing now.
    :wink:
     
  20. CarlS

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    It's great to see this started back up again 8-)

    --Carl
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